03 May 2012

Graduation: Class of 2012

 I can't believe we are DONE with our Bachelor's degree!! It still hasn't hit me yet. In fact, we've moved away from our beloved island home...but I'll talk more about that later. I haven't posted the pictures or talked about graduation yet, so I thought I'd better do so.

You can see his tiny head in the bottom right walking across the stage.

Curtis graduated Magna Cum Laude and I graduated Suma Cum Laude. Lots of hard work paid off for both of us!

Sister Dalton, the LDS Young Women's general president, spoke at graduation. She gave great advice about not fearing, but facing adversity. 

Curtis graduated with a degree in Business Management - Finance, and I graduated in Pre-Professional Biology. It was a long four years with some transfers in between. My first two years in Provo were awesome, but these last two years in Laie were life changing. I am so grateful I was able to go to school here!

Both of our parents were able to make it out for the celebration. We all stayed together in a condo at Turtle Bay and had lots of fun!

This is me with Tia Chrichton and Sui Fuimaono. Tia served in the Relief Society presidency with me as the president. I am so glad we got to know each other. When I left Hawaii, she gave me a beautiful Samoan lei, necklace, and a wrap-skirt thing. She is from the island of Samoa. Sui (right) is from New Zealand. She dances in the night show at the Polynesian Cultural Center and is just so so nice and beautiful.

The pregnant ladies! Cheka and I are both due at the same time (I'm Sept 5, she's Sept 1). We have been able to relate to each other as we are in the same major and pregnant. She graduates next April. I have had so much fun with her and it was sad to say goodbye, but we'll keep in touch for sure. She's from St. Augustine, FL. 

 Maye Wimmer and I were visiting teaching companions the whole time we lived in TVA. She's from California. They lived in the apartment right below us!

This is me with Danielle Hitz - she actually spoke at graduation and did a great job! I'm so proud of our ward, the past two graduation ceremonies the commencement student speaker has been from our ward. Woo!

Lavinia (Nia) = amazing. She is one of the best women that I know. She has been through more than I could ever imagine and is still one of the strongest, optimistic, happiest people I have ever met. I'm so glad I got to know her and spend time with her.

Carrie was one of the girls that I worked with. She is also from New Zealand and so cheerful all the time. She is due with her first baby boy any day now!!

There's not another place on earth like BYU-Hawaii. A student body of 2500 students made up of people from over 70 different countries. What a good experience!!

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